Monday, February 15, 2010

Feb14_ChinaShipping

On Sunday we went sailing with our friends. Unexpectedly, the trip turned out to be a perfect kickoff to our theme of China. Our friends keep their sailboat in Alameda harbor, and going to San Francisco Bay requires motoring out past a very busy Oakland port. It’s fascinating to see big container ships up close. Anna kept saying excitedly, Isn’t it amazing? These ships are giant! We passed several Chinese ships on the way – some Feb14_Binoculars docking, some going in and out of the harbor. We talked about what might be inside all those “big boxes” – I explained to Anna that they are called containers, and how the big cranes load and unload them on the trucks. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to actually set sail this time. It was sunny in Alameda, but San Francisco harbor was a wall of fog. It’s amazing how quickly those giant Look What Came From Chinacontainer ships can be swallowed in the fog, and how loud they get warning other ships about their whereabouts. So we ended up motoring back to Alameda and hanging out on the boat for the rest of the day. When we came home, we read a book Look What Came From China by Miles Harvey. Anna was fascinated to learn that ice cream, abacus, paper, kites and dominoes along with other things were invented in China many years ago . Then she said, I know what else comes from China! Big ships with many things and toys! Lesson learned :)

6 comments:

MaryAnne said...

What's Anna looking at in that picture? She looks very focused =)

I didn't know that ice cream came from China - I learned something new this morning!

Debbie said...

What a great experience for Anna. That gives me the inspiration to drive up to either Tacoma or Seattle to the Port and see the cargo ships with Selena.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a great learning opportunity. And, like MaryAnne, I had no idea ice cream came from China - how interesting.

Debbie said...

I love the Look What Came From... series! Good choice! Sounds like you all had a lot of fun!

Pathfinder Mom said...

It really is amazing that those container ships stay afloat!

Ticia said...

Lesson very well learned......
So, what reader do you use, I'm giving up on bloglines I think because it hasn't had any of the posts for everyone all week long.